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Minhaj: Sharh of Saheeh Muslim | المنهاج في شرح صحيح مسلم بن الحجاج

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Minhaj: Sharh of Saheeh Muslim | المنهاج في شرح صحيح مسلم بن الحجاج

al-Minhaj is a sharh (explanation) of Saheeh al-Muslim by Abu Zakaria Muhiyuddin Yahya ibn Sharif al-Nawawi (rahimahullah). The full name of the book is: المنهاج في شرح صحيح مسلم بن الحجاج.  It is a masterpiece in the field of hadeeth and took several years to complete. It is the most famous and relied upon explanation of Saheeh Muslim, which by consensus of the scholars is the second most authentic compilation of hadeeth after the Saheeh of Imam al-Bukhari.

Imam Nawawi’s methodology in his book is he would put the hadeeth in full with the complete chain and then mention some of the details of the narrators such as their names, lineage and deaths. He then goes onto explain the hadeeth and any rulings connected to it.

We were blessed to study parts of this excellent sharh in our third semester in Madeenah University with Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Saadee.

There are various prints available, the best one being the 6 volume edition by Dar-Far. Although there is now a new print which is the one below which I have yet to check but it looks interesting.